Rajasthan villagers have converted 52 hectares of barren land into lake, setting a landmark example in self-reliance. Ramsar is a village in Barmer district of Rajasthan with a population of 3,888 people.
The residents of Ramsar village worked very hard for five months and converted a barren land in their village into a lake to conserve water. The 52 hectare barren land near Bhilo ki Basti in Ramsar was used by the villagers as the dumping ground for garbage. Now, with eight inches of water received during the pre-monsoon showers, the lake is filled up. There was a water outlet on this land which worked as a channel to Ramsar lake but over a period of time this channel went dry and the land was left barren.
The district administration encouraged the villagers to construct a lake there because the land is in a lower area and will be able to collect rainwater from nearby areas during monsoons.
The administration sanctioned Rs. 8 lakh for the lake, which is now five feet deep and has a capacity of 4.08 TMC (thousand million cubic feet). It is also helping recharge wells in the village that had dried up during the summers.
The lake will help villagers become self-reliant in terms of their water needs. Farmers have already started sowing seeds because they are confident that they will receive water for irrigation this time. The lake will help villagers become independent of seasons in terms of water and they will be able to fulfill their drinking water needs.
The villagers of Ramsar are a great example of self-reliance, eco-friendly planning and confidence. It has tremendously helped the local geographical landscape. Today this lake is a home to many plants and animals.